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ESS 1: Introduction to Earth System Science (Fall 2013, UC Irvine). Instructor: Dr. Julie Ferguson.

This course covers the origin and evolution of the Earth, its atmosphere, and oceans, from the perspective of biogeochemical cycles, energy use, and human impacts on the Earth system. Topics covered are: plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, atmosphere, clouds, winds, global circulation patterns, freshwater, oceans, history of life on Earth, the biosphere, human impacts on the Earth system, and climate change.

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  • Lecture 01 – Introduction and the Scientific Method Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Systems and Feedbacks Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Our Solar System and Universe Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – What Controls Our Planet’s Temperature? Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Plate Tectonics Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Plate Boundaries Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Earthquakes Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Volcanoes Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – The Rock Cycle and the Geological Timescale Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Atmosphere Formation and Evolution Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Water Vapor and Clouds Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – Winds and Extreme Weather Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – Global Circulation Patterns Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – Freshwater, Part I Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Freshwater, Part II Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Cryosphere Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Oceans, Part I Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Oceans, Part II Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – The Biosphere, Part I Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – The Biosphere, Part II Unlimited
  • Lecture 21 – History of Life on Earth (and Mass Extinctions) Unlimited
  • Lecture 22 – Biogeochemical Cycles Unlimited
  • Lecture 23 – Human Population and Resource Demands Unlimited
  • Lecture 24 – Human Impacts on the Earth System Unlimited
  • Lecture 25 – The Climate System and Past Climates Unlimited
  • Lecture 26 – Why Climate Changes Unlimited
  • Lecture 27 – Future Climate Change Unlimited

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